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Home Depot Data-Breach Lawsuits Divided

A federal judge in Atlanta this month divided more than 30 class-action lawsuits against Home Depot into two groups: consumers and financial institutions.

Both groups filed class-action lawsuits after last year’s data breach, which compromised the payment card information of 56 million Home Depot customers who made purchases at the home improvement stores between April and September.

“While many of the legal issues and much of the discovery are common to the claims of both, the cases present significant, distinct factual and legal issues,” says Thomas Thrash, chief judge of the Northern District of Georgia, in an article from The National Law Journal. “Accordingly, to manage the litigation most efficiently, the court hereby creates separate tracks for the consumer and financial institution cases.”

Home Depot has turned to two Atlanta law firms to handle the legal process, the article says.

After the recent, high-profile Target Corp. data breach, a federal judge in Minnesota similarly split the Target lawsuits, the article says.

To read more about the lawsuits and how Home Depot expects to spend to recover from the data breaches, click here.

To read The National Law Journal article for free, click here.

About Renee Changnon

Renee Changnon
Renee Changnon is the retail outreach coordinator for NRHA. She meets with retailers in their stores and at industry events and introduces them to the services NRHA provides. Renee previously worked as a member of the NRHA communications team. She earned a degree in visual journalism from Illinois State University, where she served as the features editor for the school newspaper. After college, she implemented marketing and promotions initiatives at Jimmy John’s franchise locations across the country. She enjoys exploring books with her book club, Netflix marathons and hosting goat yoga at her apartment complex. Renee Changnon 317-275-9442 rchangnon@nrha.org

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